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It’s been a while since I posted…I have no good excuse really, I just have been really busy (I really dislike that word!) or something I guess. I have plenty to post about though, that’s for sure!

So one of my goals for this year is to submit four items to magazines. My Christmas ornaments fell through, I did submit my encouragement cards but I haven’t heard anything so I’ll take that as a no. And last Friday I mailed some new ATCs – I call them the “sunshine happy sparkle” sisters.

three sisters

I made these for the “aqua” theme for an upcoming issue of Somerset Studio. I’m pleased with how they turned out, although it was not easy to get them done in time – they had to be in California today.

When I thought of the color aqua, I thought of children, happiness, bright colors, summer, and fun. Then – and this is how crazy inspiration often is – I was walking down the hall at work thinking about sparkly things (hey, I need a break sometimes from all the numbers I work with!), and then I noticed how sunny and pretty it was outside, so I was thinking about sunshine sparkles. Somehow that turned into sunshine happy sparkle (which sounds like a Japanese interpretation). And suddenly the idea popped into my head to make the ATCs featuring three sisters named Sunshine, Happy, and Sparkle.

I wrote a little story about the sisters and printed it onto tissue paper, which I glued onto the ATCs (I used premade watercolor paper ATCs). I painted over that with aqua, then stamped over that. I printed out the photos and colored them with pencils. And of course I had to add some sparkle with stick-on rhinestones. I put masking tape across the bottom, and I inked over the tape a bit to dull down the black. Et voila!

I think they turned out cute, and definitely captured what I was aiming for.

Thanks for stopping by!


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My contributor’s copy of Belle Armoire Jewelry…the one with my Polyshrink article in it!

Check it out…

belle armoire jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

And, to make it even more exciting, my article was mentioned in the editor’s letter!

Thanks for stopping by!


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As I mentioned previously I’ve been so busy with Christmas preparations that I haven’t had much time for creating. But…somehow I always manage to fit in at least a little tiny bit. I just can’t go for very long without indulging my creative urges.

So I’ve been making bows from old magazines. I have probably well over 100 magazines – almost every issue of Bead & Button, plus all of my Stampington magazines. I’ve realized that I simply can’t keep them all. One idea I found to use up old magazines is creating bows. It’s so easy! The most tedious part is cutting all the strips of paper. But once that’s done, you can make a bow in just a few minutes.

I use four different lengths of paper, and a brad to hold it together.

ooh la la

Isn’t it cute? So far I’ve made three. Not very many, but it’s a start.

If you want to make your own, here’s how:

I use strips in four different sizes – 3&7/8″, 3&1/2″, 2&7/8″, and 2&1/4″, approximately 3/4″ wide. Once I have those cut out, I gently bend each strip in half and use a 1/8″ hole punch to make a hole close to the ends. When that is done, take a brad (you’ll need a larger size to fit all the paper strips on) and bend each strip in half and insert the brad through the hole. Start with the smallest size. I string 6 to 10 strips of paper, depending on the length of the paper (I string 6 of the smallest size and 8 to 10 of the largest). When you are satisfied with your bow, fold over the prongs of the brad and voila! A unique and pretty bow.

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new mags
I bought the new issues of Somerset Studio (March/April)…

somerset studio

…and Somerset Digital Studio (Spring).

digital studio

Both beautiful, as always.

I see my submission for the “simple pleasures” theme for Somerset Studio did not make it in…Not to worry. I’ve got plenty more stuff to submit!

Lately though I realize I need to step up my artwork. I notice I keep doing the same sort of thing – pretty background, vintage photo of woman, some words. Nothing wrong with that of course, but if I want to get anywhere I need to push it more. I feel like I’m not being so creative. One thing that makes it difficult for me is a lack of time for simply playing and experimenting. I have so little time to create that it’s hard for me to use that time to try new techniques – I feel like I need to make a full, complete project rather than just messing around.

I’d like to play with paint more. I’d like to experiment with different techniques to make pretty background papers. I need to schedule a play date!

It’s funny how, when I have a new magazine, as I’m paging through it, I either feel so inspired and in awe of all the cool things these women (and a few men!) have created, and I think, I can do this!

Or I feel completely uncreative, dejected, and depressed. Which is how I felt this time looking through my new Somerset Studio. Not because it’s a bad issue – on the contrary, it’s wonderful as usual. Just my own insecurity and frustration popping up.

Frustration = trying to change things you can’t do anything about. Like having a limited amount of time to pursue one’s passion. Or dealing with a 4-year old and her many clothing issues, which have even caused me to be late to work on occasion recently.

But I digress.

come on get happy
I bought some new music, which always makes me happy. I got a Judy Garland album – That Old Feeling: Ballads from the Judy Garland Show. This would be the influence of listening to the Singers & Swing music channel on tv – you know, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Julie London, Doris Day, etc. I really like listening to this music, and it’s music that I can play with my daughter around.

I’ve listened to it a couple times and I really like it so far.

I also recently bought all my favorite Elton John songs – the classics, of course – Rocket Man, Daniel, Levon, Someone Saved My Life, etc. I love love love these songs so much – I could just have them on repeat all day. They make me feel so happy!


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it’a been a while!
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. I don’t know what to say other than that I’ve been….busy. I strongly dislike that word – busy. When people say they’ve been busy I bet they can’t really even say exactly what it is they’ve been doing. I’m not really sure what I’ve even been doing – taking care of Lily, housework, my job, stuff – but I certainly haven’t been creating anything or posting on my blog.

But all that is going to change, mainly because I’m about ready to go crazy! It’s been at least three weeks since I’ve worked on any projects – and that is simply unacceptable. No wonder I’ve been feeling so frustrated lately. I was put on this earth to make stuff and post on my blog – two of my most favorite things! So let’s get back to business, shall we?

a little help from my friends
I’m very excited about a new book I bought last week: The Artistic Mother – A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, by Shona Cole. I first heard of this book a few months ago in the Postscript newsletter from Stampington. As soon as I read the title I knew this was a book I needed to get.

artistic mother

I had stopped in Barnes & Noble last week to see if they had Jewelry Affaire (which they did, and more on that in a minute). I’ve been trying to find some crafts that Lily and I can do together so I decided to check out the craft books. As I was perusing the shelves my eye suddenly came upon The Artistic Mother sitting on the shelf right in front of me.

Considering how utterly frustrated I’ve been lately with trying to find time to create, I felt this was a sign that I should get the book.

So now it’s mine and I can’t wait to get into it. Miss Cole covers some foundational topics (motivation, inspiration, creating your own space, planning) as well as some basics in digital photography, mixed media & collage, and poetry! (a forgotten art these days but one that I’ve always enjoyed)

I like how she uses an “art action plan” for each project, which breaks the project into small bits that you can fit into your day. I’m the kind of girl that loves a good action plan!

I decided to dedicate a half hour a day, at least, for creating. If I don’t create, I get downright ornery! Creating keeps me sane and at least a little more balanced. An unbalanced mother is not a good thing.

a jewelry affair

jewelry affaire

So I see the jewelry I submitted for the first issue of Jewelry Affaire was not selected for publication. Looking through the magazine though I can see that I was off in the jewelry that I made. I think my jewelry was lacking in imagination and creativity. The pieces I made were very pretty (and I’m looking forward to getting them back!), and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I need to ramp it up a bit. At least now I know better what they are looking for. The next submission deadline is May 15, I think, and while I’d love to send something, I’m not getting any concrete ideas and time is so short. Might have to wait until the next deadline!


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a little cosmic flavor
Look what I bought:

Abnormally Attracted to Sin - Tori Amos

A new Tori album always makes me happy. I haven’t been able to listen to it a whole lot yet, but I like it so far. Usually I have to listen to her new albums a few times before I can really get into them, because her albums are all so different from each other, in terms of how they sound. This one has a techno-undertone to it, in contrast to her last album, where she really rocked it out, in contrast to the album before that, which was lush and gorgeous-sounding.

So far I’m really loving Welcome to England. Some other songs too, but they’re all kind of jumbled in my head right now.

yummy magazine stuff
I finished reading the premier issue of Somerset Apprentice.

Somerset Apprentice - Premier Issue

I liked it well enough. I thought some of the instructions could have been more detailed (I always crave more details), and for some of the artwork I wish there had been more photos to go along with the instructions, but taken as an introduction to various mixed-media techniques, it’s very good. My favorite projects were:

In the Dog House by Donne Goldstein, page 20
Grace Within by Anni Schwabe, page 32
Two Souls by Becky Shander, page 42
Turquoise Bird Trio by Sara Naumann, page 58
Mini Memories by Connie Govea Stuart, page 82
Little Canvas Shrine by Amarie Hill, page 98

small moments
Watching the cute baby ducks that live in the creek behind our neighborhood. A guy on a motorcycle on our street, waiting while some of the neighborhood ducks finished crossing the street. Eating delicious Lindt chocolate I received for Mother’s Day.

~visiting the edge of the milky way~

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small moments
I’m making an effort in my life to live in the moment (when I can remember to anyway) and to purposefully take note of the little things around me. I think that we should take pleasure in the details that make up our lives, and that our lives will be more satisfying and fulfilling when we do.

So here are some recent small moments:
Brushing my daughter’s hair and enjoying the feel of her hair on my hand. Grass by the parking garage at work that was covered with a layer of dew drops. Sweet delicious blackberries that I had for breakfast several days in a row.

I finished reading the April 2009 issue of Bead & Button. I have to say it’s somewhat difficult to find the articles between all the ads these days. I remember when B&B first started there were no ads at all. And now apparently they’re making up for that.

Anyway, here are my favorite articles:

Hibiscus Twist, by Kerrie Slade, page 36

Hibiscus Twist by Kerrie Slade

Flowering Fringe, by Merle Berelowitz, page 42

Flowering Fringe, by Merle Berelowitz

And finally, a great article on page 58 on the phenomenal work of Marcus Amerman. The work in this scan, titled Postcard, is 11 x 17 inches, and made with size 13 charlottes, which are tiny tiny beads. His beadwork is just amazing.

Marcus Amerman

my favorite magazines, on the cheap
I’m so excited – Post Script is having their back issue sale again! I’ve been waiting forever for another sale. I picked up a Sew Somerset, a Somerset Workshop, a Somerset Studio, and a couple Somerset Memories. All for $21. You can’t beat that, and I certainly can’t resist.

~visions of magazines dancing in my head~

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